Monday, October 19, 2009

Beta #2

I've been going NUTS waiting for beta #2. I got up early on Thursday morning and found a lab in Miami. I was kind of surprised - no one speaks English there! I have to say, trying to fill out the forms and explain my needle phobia in Spanish was quite a challenge! Not to mention, they have a very different sense of time there. I was waiting 30 minutes before they even gave me the forms or asked for my script. While I was waiting, they asked me to fill out the center evaluation - it had questions like "How long was your wait time" and "Did they use appropriate cleanliness standards" and "Did the tech do a good job of performing the test." When I explained I couldn't fill out the form until AFTER my appointment was finished, they told me it was no problem - I should just mark the box that said "Extremely Satisfied" for everything. Uh, you are kidding, right?

Anyway, the woman did an okay job of drawing my blood - she moved the needle after inserting it and I nearly went ballistic, but she did do it quickly and with one stick. Anyway, I went about my conference meeting, flew home on Thursday night, and waited patiently on Friday for my results.

And waited. And waited. Friday afternoon, I finally called up the office and asked about my results, and the nurse said she'd pull the results and have a midwife call me back. I told her it was really important for me to know the results before the weekend because I was afraid of bad news. Before I realized it, 5:00 came and went...and no phone call. I was so PISSED - how could they torture me like that all weekend?

Needless to say, I've been going nuts all weekend. I woke up early this morning and called the office again. The nurse checked the computer and informed me...the blood test results were missing. Yup, that is what I said, missing. I had to give the nurse the information about the lab I went to in Miami, and she said she would check into it and get back to me. At 1:00 pm, I called the nurse again, asking for an update. She told me they had finally gotten a copy of my results, but the midwife was out to lunch and would call me back later.

So, I waited. And waited. And waited. Until she called a few moments ago. After everything I went through, the beta on Thursday was....

319!!!!

It did the requisite doubling (I took the first test on Tuesday at 2:30 pm, and the second test on Thursday at 8:00 am). I am SOOO relieved that at least things are doubling okay. I am about to call and schedule my ultrasound, and if all is well there, I will go in for an appointment around 8 or 9 weeks.

ETA: First ultrasound is scheduled for October 28 at 1:45 pm!!

7 comments:

HopingforBaby05 said...

YAY!!!!!!! so excited for you!!!

I'm sorry you had to wait over the weekend - that's beyond torture!!! But, everything worked out and you're on your way to an ultrasound!!!! woohoo!!!!!!

congrats, mommy (times two!)

Amy said...

That's horrible that you had to wait all weekend! But, YAY for good results!!!!!!! Congrats!!!!

Donna and Thorne said...

YAY for a nice second beta number! I'm so happy for you Tess!
Definitely keep us posted on when your u/s will be!

Shannon said...

Ugh you must have been so annoyed. My RE did that to me one time when it came to embryo growth and I about lost my mind...they just don't get what it does to us mentally and emotionally!

That being said, YAYYYYYYYY Tess I am so excited for you and I can't wait until your U/S!

Chele said...

Awesome update! I had been wondering when you were going to get the second one done. Looks like the IVF fixed it so that your body now knows how to get pg on it's own. Congrats! I'm so happy for you.

Richelle said...

YAY Congrats :)

Prather Family said...

Woohoo, what a great number. I hope that helps you to relax a little bit. I can't wait to hear about the ultrasound.

Sorry you had such a rough experience with the lab, but it all worked out in the end. Congrats!